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The Residents
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The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The first official release under the name of The Residents was in 1974, and the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by the band. Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity preferring, instead, to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. Its albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, or complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over the top, theatrical spectacle of their live performances.
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The Residents — The Ghost of Hope The Residents — The Ghost of Hope
(MVD, 2017, CD)
The Residents — Mush-Room The Residents — Mush-Room
(MVD 6074A, 2013, CD)
The Residents — Sonidos de la Noche - Coochie Break The Residents — Sonidos de la Noche - Coochie Break
(Ralph MVD5294A, 2011, CD)
The Residents — Ten Little Piggies The Residents — Ten Little Piggies
(Cryptic MVDA4924, 2009, CD)
The Residents — The Bunny Boy The Residents — The Bunny Boy
(Santa Dog MVDA4775, 2008, CD)
The Residents — The 12 Days of Brumalia The Residents — The 12 Days of Brumalia
(Ralph RA17, 2004, CD)
The Residents — WB:RMX The Residents — WB:RMX
(Ralph CD 033, 2003, CD)
The Residents — Demons Dance Alone The Residents — Demons Dance Alone
(East Side Digital ESD-81672, 2002, CD)
The Residents — Petting Zoo The Residents — Petting Zoo
(East Side Digital ESD 81662, 2002, CD)
The Residents — Icky Flix The Residents — Icky Flix
(East Side Digital ESD 81562, 2001, DVD)
The Residents — Icky Flix - Original Soundtrack The Residents — Icky Flix - Original Soundtrack
(East Side Digital ESD 81572, 2001, CD)
The Residents — Assorted Secrets The Residents — Assorted Secrets
(Ralph RA 008, 2000, CD)
The Residents — Diskomo 2000 / Goosebump The Residents — Diskomo 2000 / Goosebump
(East Side Digital ESD 81512, 2000, CD)
The Residents — Dot Com The Residents — Dot Com
(Ralph RA 09, 2000, CD)
The Residents — Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions The Residents — Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
(East Side Digital ESD 81532, 2000, CD)
The Residents — Land of Mystery The Residents — Land of Mystery
(UWEB RA005, 1999, CD)
The Residents — Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible The Residents — Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible
(East Side Digital ESD 81332, 1998, CD)
Various Artists — Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents Various Artists — Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents
(Vaccination VAC006, 1996, CD)
The Residents — Have a Bad Day The Residents — Have a Bad Day
(East Side Digital ESD 81202, 1996, CD)
The Residents — The Gingerbread Man The Residents — The Gingerbread Man
(East Side Digital ESD 81072, 1994, CD)
The Residents — Our Finest Flowers The Residents — Our Finest Flowers
(East Side Digital ESD 80782, 1992, CD)
The Residents — Freak Show The Residents — Freak Show
(East Side Digital ESD 81082, 1990/1995, )
The Residents — 13th Anniversary Show Live in Tokyo The Residents — 13th Anniversary Show Live in Tokyo
(East Side Digital ESD 81472, 1986/1999, CD)
The Residents — Stars & Hank Forever! (The American Composers Series - Volume II) The Residents — Stars & Hank Forever! (The American Composers Series - Volume II)
(East Quest Records ESD 81492, 1986/2000, CD)
The Residents — George & James (American Composer Series - Volume 1) The Residents — George & James (American Composer Series - Volume 1)
(East Side Digital ESD 81482, 1984/2000, CD)
The Residents — Residue Deux The Residents — Residue Deux
(East Side Digital ESD 81322, 1983/1998, CD)
The Residents / Renaldo & The Loaf — Title in Limbo The Residents / Renaldo & The Loaf — Title in Limbo
(Ralph RA004, 1983/1998, CD)
The Residents — Intermission The Residents — Intermission
(East Side Digital ESD 81312, 1982/1998, CD)
Various Artists — Recommended Records Sampler Various Artists — Recommended Records Sampler
(Recommended Records (RéR) ReR 25A/B, 1982/2009, 2CD)
The Residents — The Tunes of Two Cities The Residents — The Tunes of Two Cities
(East Side Digital ESD 80282, 1982/1988, CD)
The Residents — Mark of the Mole The Residents — Mark of the Mole
(East Side Digital ESD 80272, 1981/1988, CD)
The Residents — The Commercial Album The Residents — The Commercial Album
(East Side Digital ESD 80202, 1980/1988, CD)
Various Artists — Miniatures (A Sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan-Fisher) Various Artists — Miniatures (A Sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan-Fisher)
(Blueprint BP159CD, 1980/1994, CD)
The Residents — Eskimo The Residents — Eskimo
(East Side Digital ESD 80022, 1979/1987, CD)
The Residents — Duck Stab / Buster and Glen The Residents — Duck Stab / Buster and Glen
(East Side Digital ESD 80052, 1978/1987, CD)
The Residents — Not Available The Residents — Not Available
(East Side Digital ESD 80192, 1978/1988, CD)
The Residents — Fingerprince The Residents — Fingerprince
(East Side Digital ESD ESD 80062, 1977/1987, CD)
The Residents — The Third Reich & Roll The Residents — The Third Reich & Roll
(East Side Digital ESD 80032, 1976/1987, CD)
The Residents — Meet the Residents The Residents — Meet the Residents
(East Side Digital ESD 80222, 1974/1988, CD)
The Residents — Santa Dog The Residents — Santa Dog
(Ralph RR1272, 1972, 2x7")

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